Assistive Technology Funding Sources

Paying for much needed assistive technology is one of the greater challenges for most individuals with disabilities.  This page lists sources for you to explore as possible funding options. 

This resource guide is not exhaustive but is a good starting point.  If you would like to recommend a funding resource, please email your suggestion to democenter@uls-dc.org

**Please note that all information is subject to change without notice

Federal and State Programs

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

This is a national law which governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities. This includes assistive technology devices and services.

Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.

In the District of Columbia, under the Division of Specialized Instruction, District of Columbia Public Schools provides devices, tools and services to students when an assistive technology recommendation is added to the IEP.  For more information contact the Division of Specialized Instruction

For information on the responsibilities of charter schools, please see the Department of Education website.  


Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VR)

These government funded services are provided to help students in transition and adults with disabilities to prepare for, secure or retain employment.  Assistive technology is often necessary to create equal access to employment and training services.

District of Columbia Department on Disability Services
Rehabilitation Services Administration
1125 15th Street, NW Washington, DC 20005
(202)730-1700
dds.dc.gov/service/vocational-rehabilitation-services

Medicaid

For individuals with disabilities Medicaid is an essential source of funding for health care and long term services and supports, including assistive technology devices and services

Each state has a state plan that determines the administration of the program and identifies the categories of people who are eligible for Medicaid.  The state plan also identifies the mandatory and optional categories of services available through Medicaid program.

For more information please visit the DC Medicaid website


Medicare

If you have Medicare, some assistive technology may be covered if it is medically necessary and your doctor writes a prescription for the device.  A “Letter of Medical Necessity ” from the doctor may also be required. 

Under Medicare Part A, there may be limited coverage.  Part B covers “durable medical equipment” such as power wheelchairs and orthotics and prosthetic devices.

The Medicare Helpline 1-800-633-4227 may be able to help you in understanding coverage.  It is an automated system, say "Agent" at any time to talk to a customer service representative.

Private Insurance

Some private Insurance policies may pay for AT.  They often require both pre-authorization and a Letter of Medical Necessity.  Coverage varies; read your policy carefully and talk with your provider before making a purchase.

DC Fund$

DC FUND$ is a financial loan program offered by The Assistive Technology Program for DC (ATPDC) and administered by the Administration for Community Living at the federal Department of Health and Human Services.   For more information visit the DC Fund$ page on this website.

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